Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has revealed how she laughed off last year's rumours about a split with Rory McIlroy at first – but the stories quickly became annoying.
Wozniacki said that the amount of space websites and newspapers had dedicated to the supposed end of the celebrity romance grew tiring.
Known as 'Wozilroy' to their fans, the sporting couple announced their engagement on Twitter shortly after Co Down golf star Rory went down on bended knee after the New Year's Eve fireworks show in Sydney, Australia.
The Danish tennis star flashed her eight-carat engagement ring as she dismissed last year's stories at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships yesterday.
Her game may be struggling, but the 23-year-old tennis player seemed content with life.
"I think for me the most important thing in life is family and being happy and healthy, having good people around me," she said.
Referring to the media reports, the former world number one said: "It's definitely annoying. It's obviously stupid, I don't know exactly who started these rumours.
"I can only think that it's maybe the people that don't want us together. It's sad that some people write stories based on nothing, because obviously we were always strong and we are going strong.
"In the beginning we just laughed at the stories. But when they keep appearing you're tired of it," she said.
Meanwhile, husband-to-be Rory caused a few startled looks at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.
An errant shot hit out of a hazard struck a watching fan. The unfortunate man tumbled into a cactus and stood up covered in chunks of painful looking prickles.
Other fans carefully helped remove the spikes from the unlucky man's shirt as the golf continued.